Cyrus Patten
Affiliated with Business Administration, Robert P. Stiller School of Business

Dr. Cyrus Patten is a veteran nonprofit administrator, clinical social worker, scholar, entrepreneur, speaker, and educator. He specializes in social entrepreneurship, nonprofit change management, complex systems theory, and managing complex change in high-stakes social justice contexts.

Patten received a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Colorado State University and a master's degree in Social Work from the same institution. He earned a doctorate in Leadership and Policy from the University of Vermont in 2016, where he studied nonprofit social enterprise.

Patten joined the Stiller School of Business as an adjunct instructor in 2017 and became assistant dean and professor of entrepreneurship in 2019. He is also a serial entrepreneur and a consultant to a national network of nonprofit organizations, corporations, and government agencies that seek to understand the role of social enterprise in their future.

Patten has over 15 years' experience in senior leadership positions at some of Vermont's most respected nonprofit organizations. He has led 100-person teams in high reliability organizations, and has started multiple successful Vermont businesses. 

When not teaching, Patten can typically be found playing volleyball, on his boat, working in the woods, or helping a new social entrepreneur bring their idea to life.


I wake up every day energized by the idea that my work will help future business leaders have a positive impact on the world. I am deeply passionate about the potential to solve a social problem with business.